The Wine Lovers Calendar has listed October 18 as Grenache Day. Grenache is found around the world, but seems to thrive in Spain, France, Sardinia, the United States of America and Australia. It is known by many names such as Grenache Noir, Garnacha Tinta, Garnatxa, Lladoner, Tintos Aragones, Cannonau, Alicante, Granaccia and Tocai Rosso. It can be found as a red wine or as rose, it can be dry or sweet and in between. Grenache is considered to be originally found in Spain and is famed for its use in Rioja, Priorat and Aragon. I think back to my early days when I was discovering wines, and wines from Rioja were one of “my” first discoveries, and always a go-to wine when I get a chance. Priorat is one of the hot areas these days, for those that have to be of the moment. I have only started trying some wines of this area in the last couple of years, and last year I discovered a Grenache rose from Aragon, my first wine from there.
Grenache is also famed in France, both in Languedoc-Rousillon and in the Rhone. The Rhone trio of varietals that are now blended around the world by different wineries are Grenache, Mouvedre and Syrah. The Cote du Rhone wines were also one of the first wines that I discovered back in the old days and they still are. I also can’t tell you how many people over the years I have touted on the benefits of Grenache bases wines. Not only are the basic wines of the Rhone using Grenache, but so are some of the most famous wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, even though by law there can be up to fifteen varietals used in the blend.
Any reason to have a glass or bottle of a Grenache wine is fine, and now that I know that it is celebrated, it is another reason to enjoy.